7 Things to Look for in Applicants
In this two-part series, we’re discussing the process of hiring employees. Last week, we discussed the required preparation in selecting members of a support staff. Once you decide to hire an employee, you must consider what, exactly, you need. In this article we suggest 7 traits to look for when interviewing and comparing applicants.
1. Aptitude. Whether you need someone to perform minor bookkeeper tasks or answer the phones, you must select applicants with the right skill set for the job. Writing a job description will definitely help you determine the professional training and experience you require from prospective employees.
2. Attitude. You definitely want to hire someone with a positive and can-do attitude. Often what you’re looking for is someone who complements your management style and enhances your current work environment. Some may find an outgoing employee to be appealing while others may want someone more low-key. Much of this depends on personal preference.
3. Confidence. New employees will always require on-the-job training. How quickly they assimilate and become proficient in their new responsibilities often depends upon how confident they are. However, look for applicants who are self-assured rather than arrogant.
4. Ownership. Everyone makes mistakes, and it can debilitate a business when professionals don’t acknowledge them; when mistakes go ignored, problems go unresolved. It’s important to ensure that those you hire are willing to own their mistakes and take the necessary action to fix them.
5. Workability. Even if you just hire one employee, that person will be working with you, and probably, your clients, even if it’s on a limited basis. Regardless of their job description and responsibilities, employees will be required to work with others, and you need to know that they can handle those interactions gracefully. Ask questions that will help you determine whether or not applicants are team players.
6. Stability. No one wants to hire an emotional unstable employee. And while you can’t necessarily ask questions to help you discover how stable they may be, body language can be a key indicator in determining how well adjusted your applicants are. Look for those who are even tempered and appear to handle stress well.
7. Integrity. Many businesses have fallen victim to dishonest and immoral employees. Running a background check can weed out those with a criminal history. However, it’s also important that you have applicants respond to hypothetical scenarios in order to determine just how they might respond to questionable situations.
Looking for the right employee to complement your business can be an arduous task. But when you take the proper steps to ensure that you know what you’re looking for, it can be well worth the effort.
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Bartmann, Bill. “Hire Great Employees: Back-to-Basics Advice on What to Look for in Your Most Valuable Asset.” 1 April 2010 Entrepreneur.com